Guest post contributed by Carlos Santiago*
Depending on the source, statistics regarding the likelihood of a pit bull attack vary widely. For example, the website DogsBite.org released a 2009 report claiming pit bulls were responsible for 59% of all dog attack deaths, equal to killing a U.S. citizen every 21 days over a three year period. On the other hand, a study from the American Veterinary Medical Association looked at dog bites statistics over the past 20 years and found that no breed is more likely to attack humans than others.
For many years, pit bulls, Dobermans, and other large dogs have been accused of being overly aggressive and more likely to attack and bite humans. Although some people and communities respond to dog attacks by enacting breed-specific legislation to prohibit ownership of pit bulls and other dog breeds, many experts claim you can reduce dog bite cases through owner education and dog training.
The Case for Dog Training
There are a number of ways people can take action to reduce the risk of a pit bull attack. Along with parents educating their children on how to act around dogs, dog owners can also take steps to train their pit bulls and other dogs to not bite humans.
Pit bull owners need to make sure to expose pit bull puppies to a number of different people and other dogs while they are eight to sixteen weeks old. This kind of exposure will help dogs to be more comfortable in a variety of situations.
Another example of effective pit bull training that could reduce the risk of a pit bull attack is avoiding confrontation that could promote your dog to act aggressively. When the dog is constantly put in a position where he or she feels the need to defend himself or herself, it may learn to be combative.
Additionally, if your dog has a tendency to guard his or her food or toys, it is important to not allow this behavior to persist. If you back down, your dog may learn that aggression is effective. Instead, simply move the rawhide or chew toy so your dog understands that aggression does not work.
Training a pit bull can be a great way to show that these strong, intelligent animals are not dangerous to humans. This can help you avoid the need for a dog bite lawyer in the future.
*Carlos Santiago is a legal blogger with experience writing about various personal injury topics including car accidents and premises liability. He is currently interested in sharing information about how a dog bite lawyer can help you. Mr. Santiago’s work is currently being featured on www.petbite.com.